How to get from Cologne to Lausanne

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from Cologne to Lausanne

You can get from Cologne to Lausanne by train, bus or flight.

Our recommendation

To get from Cologne to Lausanne on 28 Jun we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

10:53Cologne Hbf7h23 18:16Lausanne, gare
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23:55Cologne Hbf8h45 08:40Lausanne, gare
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08:53Cologne Hbf7h23 16:16Lausanne, gare
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12:53Cologne Hbf7h23 20:16Lausanne, gare
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11:17Cologne Hbf7h59 19:16Lausanne, gare
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Travel Information from Cologne to Lausanne

distanceDistance304 miles (491 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight or train
priceTicket price range£45 - £549
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • £45 • 6 h 22 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • £549 • 1 h 10 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus, Lufthansa Cityline or Deutsche Bahn

Travel 304 miles (491 km) by coach, flight or train from Cologne to Lausanne. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 10 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a train is the best option with prices starting as low as £45. The most popular travel providers which serve this route are Flixbus, Lufthansa Cityline or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travellers can even take a direct from Cologne to Lausanne.

Travel Tips: Travel from Cologne to Lausanne

Travel to Lausanne easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Cologne to Lausanne.

International travel from Cologne, Germany to Lausanne, Switzerland is: Fully open.

Can I enter Switzerland if coming from Germany?

Entry into Switzerland is currently allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany.

Am I required to self-quarantine upon arrival to Lausanne if travelling from Cologne?

Conditions of entry:

  • There are no current restrictions

What measures do I need to follow in Lausanne, Switzerland due to the pandemic?

All travellers in Switzerland must observe the following coronavirus safety measures:

  • Social distance: metre (s) ( feet)
  • Face mask: Regional advice

The information above was last checked on 25/06/2022; however, this can change before your date of travel so please make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your journey between Cologne and Lausanne.

The current restriction level for returning to Cologne, Germany from Switzerland is: Fully open.

Am I allowed to reenter Cologne, Germany from Lausanne, Switzerland?

Reentering Germany is currently allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Switzerland

Do I need to self-quarantine when I arrive back to Cologne from Lausanne?

  • There are no current restrictions

Which rules do I need to follow in Cologne, Germany regarding COVID-19?

All travellers returning to Germany must observe the following safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the country:

  • Physical distance: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face masks: Mandatory

The information above was last checked on 26/06/2022. We do our best to keep this information up-to-date, but regulations can change due to the nature of the coronavirus pandemic, so please double check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations ahead of your trip back to Cologne from Lausanne here.

There are 3 ways that you can travel to Lausanne from Cologne. You can take a coach, flight or train.

A train service offers the cheapest way to travel from Cologne to Lausanne, which costs on average £45.

This is compared to other ways of getting to Lausanne:

A train is about £58 less than a coach, which costs on average £103 for this journey.

A train journey is usually £505 less than a journey to Lausanne by plane, which costs on average £549 for the same trip.

The fastest way to get to Lausanne from Cologne is by flight with an average travel time of 1 h 10 min.

There are alternative travel options to Lausanne that can usually take longer:

In comparison, travelling by coach can take you on average 10 h 45 min.

In comparison, going by train can take 6 h 22 min   on average.

The distance from Cologne to Lausanne is approximately 304 miles (491 km).

The average frequency per day from Cologne to Lausanne is:

  • Around 1 train per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route between Cologne and Lausanne as scheduled services by coach, flight or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points for travellers from Cologne to Lausanne:

  • Coaches mostly depart from Köln, Köln Bonn Airport and arrive in Lausanne, Parking du Vélodrome.
  • Trains most often depart from Cologne at Köln Hbf and arrive in Lausanne at Lausanne.

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Cologne to Lausanne:

  • You can travel by coach from Cologne to Lausanne with Flixbus, and you can find Flixbus Cologne to Lausanne tickets for £103 on Omio.
  • You can travel to Lausanne from Cologne by flight with Lufthansa Cityline. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for £549 with Lufthansa Cityline from Cologne to Lausanne.
  • You can go to Lausanne from Cologne by train with Deutsche Bahn. You'll see cheap train tickets for £45 with Deutsche Bahn from Cologne to Lausanne on Omio.
Many of our customers travelling from Cologne to Lausanne don't make Lausanne their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after are Geneva, Paris or Milan, either of which you could add to your Cologne and Lausanne trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Lausanne to any of these top destinations today!

When planning your trip between Cologne and Lausanne, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to book and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Coach tickets are costing £103 one way on average.
  • Plane tickets are costing on average £549 one way.
  • Train tickets cost £45 one way on average.

However, we recommend buying tickets between Cologne and Lausanne online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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